Songwriting Retreats

Ringwood Hall Hotel, Chesterfield, UK

*90% booked

Songwriting Retreat hosted by Darden Smith (USA) and Boo Hewerdine (UK)

Join us for another unforgettable songwriting retreat with the incredible Boo Hewerdine on October 20-22nd! After the tremendous success and heartwarming experiences of our previous retreat, we are thrilled to announce that we are doing it all over again. Embrace your creativity, connect with like-minded souls, and immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings of Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa. With Boo’s expertise and guidance, this retreat promises to be another incredible journey of inspiration, songcraft, and shared musical moments. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of something truly special as we come together to celebrate the power of music and songwriting.

Venue: Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa

Experience the charm of Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa, a beautiful 19th century manor house surrounded by 6 acres of award-winning gardens and 29 acres of parkland. Ideally located in Chesterfield, Derbyshire with easy access to the M1, this Grade 2 listed hotel provides the perfect setting for creativity and relaxation.

Accommodation & Amenities

During your stay, indulge in well-appointed rooms and suites, ensuring a comfortable and rejuvenating experience. Enjoy delicious meals at The Coach House Restaurant, where culinary delights await. For ultimate relaxation, treat yourself to the luxurious Garden Secret Spa. With excellent function and event rooms, Ringwood Hall Hotel is the perfect place for Talent Is Timeless members to connect with one another and find new inspiration for their songs.

Guidance from Boo Hewerdine (UK) & Darden Smith (USA)

Boo Hewerdine and Darden Smith bring their friendship and expertise to Talent Is Timeless members on this unique summer songwriting retreat.

With two glittering musical careers on both sides of the ocean they will guide you through emotive, lively, poetic and poignant songwriting styles with various challenges on each day of this retreat.

They will each share valuable techniques and creative insights to help you take your songwriting to new heights.

A Gathering Like No Other

This retreat is a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded songwriters who share your passion for music. Immerse yourself in a supportive community, foster new collaborations, and forge lifelong connections.

6 Day Retreat Programme

90% Booked

All inclusive of:
  • Acoustic concert by Saskia Griffiths-Moore, Darden Smith (USA) and Boo Hewerdine (UK)
  • 10 x Songwriting workshops with Darden Smith and Boo Hewerdine
  • 2 x Evening songwriting circle’s
  • Buffet breakfast, set lunch menu and 3 course meals every evening
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Fully catered 4* luxury residential retreat


Monday 10th June

3-6pm – Arrival 

6-7pm – Group welcome meeting

7-8pm – 3 Course Supper

8:30-9:30pm – Welcome concert by Saskia Griffiths-Moore, Boo Hewerdine & Darden Smith

Full Study Days (11-14th)

7:30-10am – Breakfast

10-1pm – Morning Workshop

1-2pm – Lunch

2:30-5:30 – Afternoon Workshop

7-8pm – 3 Course Supper

8:30-10pm – Songwriters Circles

Saturday 15th June

7:30-10am – Breakfast

10-1pm – Recording of works created

1-2pm – Lunch

2-4pm – Closing workshop, final tea

5pm: Depart


(Only £250 deposit required now to secure your place)

6 day retreat – 10-15th June 2024

£1545 per person in a twin room

£1695 per person in a private room

Non Residential Pass 

Includes: Attendance of intimate concert on Friday eve, all workshops, lunch and supper, evening activities, refreshments and full lunch on 15th.

£1245 per person

Couples Offer

One songwriter & one holiday maker!

£1395 per person for:

  • Twin Room
  • One person attends all workshops
  • Both parties attend all meals and social activities

First come first served

Price includes the retreat events, catering, and the songwriting workshops. Please inform us of any dietary requirements on booking.

Address: Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa, Ringwood Rd, Brimington, Chesterfield S43 1DQ (

Questions? Message: [email protected]

1. Book with A Deposit

Spaces are limited to 14, so secure your place with a deposit now to ensure you don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity. 

Get ready to unleash your creativity and join us for a weekend of music, camaraderie, and personal growth at the Talent Is Timeless Songwriting Retreat with Boo Hewerdine & Darden Smith. We can’t wait to welcome you!

Note – deposit is fully refundable up to 3 months before start date. Full payment is required by 10th March 2024. Booking via the link confirms your place on the retreat. 

Secure Your Spot (deposit)

2. Complete Your Booking

If you booked with a deposit, you may now complete your booking here

Private Room – Final Payment

Shared Room – Final Payment

Non Residential Pass – Final Payment

Couples Offer – Final Payment (1 songwriter, 1 guest)

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Example songwriting exercise: Written by Boo Hewerdine & Saskia Griffiths-Moore at the first ever UK songwriting long weekends retreat using a photograph by Vivian Maier (pictured right) to spark their imagination into an AABA song format with an XAXA rhyme scheme. In this case the picture was of of two young friends looking each other confidently and proudly in the eyes while standing outside in front of a tree.

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"I had a great time at this year's songwriters retreat - one great aspect is being connected to other people with the same endeavour. Songwriting for me is quite an insular isolated process - it's only when I come to record or perform the finished article that it’s shared with other people. So it was that experience of being part of a songwriting community that will stay with me."

"The songwriting weekend was a last minute opportunity for me, but I am so glad I took it! I felt comfortable and valued despite being a relative newby to playing an instrument and writing music. On the whole, the weekend was amazing, inspiring, friendly and supportive. I would definitely recommend it to any aspiring songwriters "

"It was really lovely hearing everyone and sharing each others stories. For me, as a reluctant singer it was really encouraging. Boo was just exceptional, very informative, kind, and understanding. I learnt so much from him and his approach throughout the weekend was invaluable. "

"This was a lovely weekend meeting like-minded and nurturing musical people who also write songs. Set in an enchantingly beautiful area where it was easy to relax into my creative place and share with a generous and supportive musical family. Boo and Saskia were inspirational and brought out the best in us and were always there to make sure we were okay. I felt loved, recognised and respected as a fellow musician. When’s the next one?"

Songs from the last time we gathered...

If you attended the last gathering we would love to hear your creations! Got a rough YouTube video for us? A soundcloud link? Pop it on a comment under here so we can continue to enjoy it and build up a history of all the beautiful songs that were written in these workshops.